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Bahrain confirms 2nd coronavirus case

MANAMA, Feb 24 (KUNA) — Bahrain’s Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday evening that a female citizen, arriving from Iran via Dubai, tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The passenger, showing symptoms of the disease upon arrival at Bahrain International Airport, had to undergo medical tests at a specially-designed hall in the airport and the results came positive, the ministry said in a statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

It affirmed taking the necessary precautions to check all arrivals from coronavirus-hit areas so as to prevent spread of the disease in the Kingdom.

Earlier The Ministry of Health has confirmed a patient infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), arriving from the Iran, via Dubai, has been immediately transferred to the isolation ward at the Ebrahim Khalil Kanoo Community Medical Center, located in Al Salmaniya, and is receiving further treatment.

The ministry highlighted that it has taken all necessary measures to ensure individuals who have been in contact with the patient have undergone testing and precautionary quarantine.

All family members and individuals who have been in contact with the patient were contacted and tested to ensure they are free of the virus, as well as being placed under supervision for 14 days at a designated quarantine centre for suspected cases.

The ministry outlined that the infected individual arrived at Bahrain International Airport on February 21, from Iran, via Dubai, with no symptoms, noting that the patient’s symptoms appeared a few days later. In line with established public health procedures, the ministry has contacted all passengers on the same flight for medical testing.

The ministry added that the patient, a school bus driver, had worked on Sunday February 23, dropping off children at two schools, the Ibn Al Nafees Primary School for Boys, and the Sitra Primary School for Girls, and one kindergarten, Al Qamar Kindergarten.

The ministry has contacted the families of students who took the bus, and all have been tested to ensure they are free of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The ministry underlined the schools and kindergarten will be closed for two weeks, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, as a precautionary measure.

The ministry calls upon all citizens and residents who are experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus COVID19, including high temperature, coughing and difficulty breathing, or those who have travelled or had close contact with anyone who has travelled to countries with high infection rates to isolate themselves at home, to call 444 and follow the instructions given by the medical team •

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